25: Tarzan & Jane
Has everyone brushed up on their ape speak? Looking at Walt Disney World, you'd think that literally everyone has forgotten that Tarzan & Jane exist. Which to me is really strange considering that Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park is pretty much the tailor made for these characters.
Disney's Animal Kingdom unfortunately has all but left Tarzan and his friends in the past. Tarzan Rocks used to be a stage show produced in the Theater In The Wild until Finding Nemo: The Musical came in and sent Tarzan down the stream.
Tarzan and Jane disappeared as characters at Animal Kingdom almost as quickly as the show did. The only character from the movie that stuck around was Tarzan's best buddy Terk, who recently met the same fate as his human BFF.
At this point the only time you can meet Tarzan and Jane is around the Fall. The pairing is known to show up in Adventureland during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. So if you're headed out trick-or-treating with Mickey this fall, be sure to keep an eye out!
The love of Stitch's life...which is strange because in his series, he constantly refers to her as his "cousin" but that's not the issue I'm here to discuss.
Angel made her debut in Lilo & Stitch: The Series which was featured on The Disney Channel. Stitch is Experiment 626 and Angel is Experiment 624. Angel's power is that she can sing and turn the other experiment's back to evil. This does not work on any experiments that came after her, so Stitch is immune to her songs.
If you look around Walt Disney World, the only place you'll spot Angel is in a gift shop. They sell her in plush form for what I believe is currently about $15.
Angel can however be found in Tokyo Disneyland where Stitch is one of the biggest stars going. Stitch is one of the hottest characters to be found, so naturally his main squeeze and a few of his other cousins have made their way out as well.
23: Doc McStuffins
Now this one might be a bit of a personal bias for me as I actually work at Disney Junior: Live On Stage at Walt Disney World. Why am I pushing for her to have a meet and greet? I'm pushing for it because I get asked over and over each day where she is.
For the average adult Disney fan, meeting Doc McStuffins is probably not very high on your list of things to do, but for the little ones, she's one big celebrity.
Doc is one of the biggest shows going right now on Disney Junior along with Sofia The First and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. But I will say I think that Ms. McStuffins is surpassing Jake in popularity, so it may be time to bump him out and let her do a meet and greet in his place.
If you're willing to shell out some cash however, you can actually see Doc McStuffins herself at Hollywood and Vine, a buffet style restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios. She makes her rounds along with Sofia, Jake, and Handy Manny during the Play and Dine portion of the meal.
22: Mother Gothel
She's vain, she's evil and dare I say it, just plain mean. Mother Gothel is the main antagonist from Disney's hit movie Tangled.
Mother Gothel is one bad mama, she actually steals Rapunzel away just so she can use her hair to maintain her youthful appearance. She's one of Disney's coolest new villains and she has yet to make her debut in the parks. I was actually betting that she would make her debut during 2013's Unleash The Villains party at Disney's Hollywood Studios, but she was nowhere to be seen.
With a bad attitude, so sass, and some whitty one-liners, I think Gothel would be a very fun meet if she makes her way into the parks. Here's hoping we catch a glimpse of her soon!
21: Kenai & Koda
Excuse me as I now begin to sing all of the songs from Brother Bear as this movie has one of my favorite soundtracks ever.
But back to the main point of this...Where do I have to go to find these bears? Kenai and Koda actually used to be around the Walt Disney World Resort a lot. They were at Disney's Animal Kingdom, in Epcot's Canada Pavilion, and if I'm not mistaken they were spotted at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.
I know the popularity of their movie has dyed out over the years, but it's still fun to meet them. They slowly faded out of the picture until you could only meet them at Disney's Animal Kingdom in the Camp Mickey-Minnie section of the park. After that, Koda wasn't really out and about and you could only meet Kenai, who soon followed suit. Nowadays it's rare to see these bears walking about at all.
20: Berlioz & Toulouse
I'm in constant debate on whether or not the average Disney guest has seen The Aristocats since I have heard many a guest refer to Marie as, "Minnie's Cat." But at least Marie is out an about in the parks, her brothers Berlioz & Toulouse however, don't get out much.
Let's face it, Marie is the big draw from this movie, she's featured in the parks to meet, she's in the promotions, and there's enough merchandise with her face on it that you could probably drown in it. So why don't her brothers get the same? Disney can't find a way to market three cute kittens instead of just one?
Even though Walt Disney World is strictly dominated by Marie, you can meet her with her brothers in Europe. That's right in Disneyland Paris, the kittens make their way out together to greet and take pictures.
Here's one happy snowman! Olaf is the lovable snowman from Disney's smash hit Frozen. Now, while Elsa and Anna clearly have the spotlight in this movie, you have to admit that Olaf is just as fun as they are.
This snowman's got it all in the movie, hilarious one-liners, one of the most endearing lines in animated movie history ("Some people are worth melting for."), and a fun song that can easily get stuck in your head.
Currently in Walt Disney World you can meet Anna and Elsa in Epcot's Norway Pavilion, but Olaf is nowhere to be found. Maybe there afraid he'll melt in the hot Florida sun? But Elsa gave him his own snow flurry so he wouldn't melt? So where is he? These are my questions Walt Disney Imagineering!
Are you a gamer? Have you ever heard of video games? If you haven't been living under a rock for the past decade, then chances are you've heard of this little video game franchise called Kingdom Hearts. This game series is probably Disney's biggest success in the world of video games...unless you count Where's My Water.
There have been multiple games released and the game has grown a cult fanbase of gamers and Disney nerds alike. The game features a mix of characters from the Disney Universe along with characters from the Final Fantasy Universe. The star of this series however is Sora.
Sora masters the keyblade and leads Donald Duck and Goofy through many different lands based off Disney films. This game is a huge success, but you can't really find much to do with it in Walt Disney World. So why not give us the opportunity to meet the star of the games?
Sora has made an appearance once or twice during the game's release parties in the parks, but you haven't seen much of him other than that. Can we just get him during Halloween at least so we can all geek out? (And maybe Donald, Goofy, and Mickey in Kingdom Hearts attire too? Maybe I'm asking too much?)
Boom Baby! Emperor Kuzco has entered the building and his groove is fully intact! Funny, conceited, and just an all around goofball, Kuzco is one of the funnest characters to come from Disney in a while.
Kuzco is a very memorable character after having his own movie, a spinoff based on Kronk, and a TV series based off the movie...I mean you think he'd at least get a dang meet-and-greet at Walt Disney World right? Wrong.
I have seen some footage featuring Kuzco and Kronk doing a meet and greet at Disney's California Adventure Park in California, but I can't remember ever hearing or seeing him make his way to the East Coast. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.)
We're sticking with The Emperor's New Groove real quick, because next on the list is none other than the evil emperor's adviser: Yzma.
Yzma is loud, obnoxious, a tad crazy, and let's not forget evil! She's bent on stealing the kingdom from Kuzco if it's the last thing she does and she has you rolling on the floor in stitches while she does it. If there was a nomination for funniest Disney villain then Yzma hands down reigns supreme.
At Walt Disney World however, they have yet to let her grace us with her presence. (Because if you know Yzma, then you know she's not keeping out of the public eye on her own volition.) I keep hoping will see her make an appearance with the other villains during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but that just doesn't seem to be the case.
15: Hercules & Meg
In my opinion, Hercules was one of the best Disney movies to come out in the 90s. It was fun, had great characters, and featured some great music. (Go The Distance and I Won't Say I'm In Love being two songs that quickly come to mind.) Disney however, seems to keep trying to push it back and act like it never happened.
Hercules and Meg where the films leading couple and used to make appearances at Walt Disney World all the time. In fact they weren't the only characters from the film that made their way out into the parks: Phil, Pain, Panic and Hades were also known to roam around.
At Walt Disney World through the years though, they began to fade into the background and eventually disappear. Hercules stopped making appearances in the park with Meg years ago. Meg stuck around though, occasionally doing meet and greets at Disney's Hollywood Studios. She was also featured regularly in the finale of Hollywood Studios' nighttime spectacular: Fantasmic! But since then she's been replaced in the finale by Tiana from The Princess and The Frog.
Hercules was nowhere to be found last year, but we did get a surprise appearance from Meg in 2013 during Hollywood Studios' Unleash The Villains. She accompanied Hades onto the stage along with Pain and Panic to host the evening's festivities.
Do you hear that joyful singing coming from that New York City apartment building? Why that has to be Giselle from Enchanted.
Giselle is a maiden who finds true love in her own fairy tale, but she is tricked by an evil sorceress and transported into our world. She's everything a Disney princess should be and could fit right in next to Cinderella, Snow White and all the other Disney Princesses in the new Princess Fairy Tale Hall at Magic Kingdom.
But unfortunately Giselle is stuck being a thing of the past. Disney doesn't want to pay actress Amy Adams to use her likeness, so Giselle stays inside during the day at Walt Disney World. Giselle has made her way into the parks before, she's met at Magic Kingdom as well as Disney's Hollywood Studios. With the movie being as successful as it was, here's hoping Disney will change their mind and hopefully add her to the Disney Princess lineup, but based on history, that doesn't seem like it's going to be the case.
13: Oogie Boogie
A large sack filled by with worms, beetles, and other creepy crawlies? Sounds like someone you want to run right up to and hug right? Yeah, that's actually right!
Oogie Boogie is the baddy of Halloweentown and comes to us from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Oogie was never seen in the parks, that is until 2013...
Fans stood and watched as Hades and Meg stood onstage at Disney's Hollywood Studios' Unleash the Villains event and introduced the lineup of those bad guys and gals you love to hate. Then as soon as the words Halloweentown were said during his introduction, you would have thought Walt himself was about to come out. The place erupted for Oogie! His meet and greet during the event drew lines that made the average wait of Toy Story Mania at Disney's Hollywood Studios look tame.
With all the attention and success he drew from the event, hopefully Disney will bring him out more. I'm okay with it only being around Halloween, but we just need to see more of him!
12: Jose' Carioca & Panchito
Take Jose' and Panchito, add Donald Duck and what do you have? Why The Three Caballeros that's who!
The Three Caballeros might not be the most popular film that Disney has released, but they have stuck around through the years. With the three being featured together on shows like Disney's House of Mouse and I believe Jose' even made an appearance on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Now in Walt Disney World all three are featured in the Grand Fiesta Tour boat ride in Epcot's Mexico Pavilion, but only Donald Duck meets with his fans on the outside. Panchito and Jose' only joined him for a brief engagement around Cinco De Mayo 2013. But being right outside of a ride that features all three of them, there's no reason that you can't have every Caballero present. Viva Los Caballeros!
Dumbo is the only character that is the title character of his/her film and never says a word during the entire thing. Now that's a feet in itself!
This adorable little elephant with his big eyes and even bigger ears flew right off the movie screen and into our hearts. He's one of the most popular characters to come out of Disney, but yet you can't meet him at Walt Disney World. You can hop in and take a flight with him on his own ride, but if you're a big fan of meeting the characters like I am, you know that's just not the same.
Dumbo has been featured in the parks in the past. If you look back and see some of the older footage of Disneyland and Walt Disney World's opening, you'll see Dumbo walking around and greeting the guests. Since then however, Dumbo hasn't made his way out to greet his fans in some time. The last many saw of Dumbo was him hoping out onstage in 2012 to dance along with Jordin Sparks during the opening ceremony of New Fantasyland.
What does every cowboy need? A hat, yes, but what else? Boots, yes, but what else? That's right, every cowboy needs a horse and in Bullseye, Woody has more than a horse, he has one of the greatest friends and toy could ask for.
Bullseye is always fun to see around Walt Disney World, but his appearances are few and far between. In recent years the only way you've been able to catch at glimpse at Bullseye is when he makes and appearance during the Christmas time parade. Bullseye used to be more frequent though, autographing books by pressing a shoe-print onto the page.
This horse is just fun through and through, he's a great character and the average Disney guest would be really excited to see him so I'm not sure why isn't isn't around more often. He could meet with Woody and Jessie in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom, or he could even make an appearance in Pixar Place at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
"One little spark, of inspiration, is how our minds, create creations...."
If you're a true Disney fan, I've just set you off singing, but don't worry, it's stuck in my head too! Figment is pretty much the mascot of Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. This little purple dragon has been making guests smile for decades, whether it be in his present form or with Dreamfinder, who is sorely missed by the way.
Figment has made appearances in the past where he be in puppet form with Dreamfinder or by himself, which the internet has firmly dubbed: Figzilla.
With the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot almost entirely devoted to him, it's strange that Figment no longer comes out to greet guests. With the current state of Imageworks Lab that follows the Journey Into Imagination with Figment ride, having Figment make an appearance wouldn't be too bad of an idea. I know many Disney fans would rejoice!
8: The Blue Fairy
She teaches Pinocchio to be brave, honest, and un-selfish. (She also turns him into a human, but that's not the point.)
The Blue Fairy is one of the characters that really should get more recognition in the parks, but she's always overshadowed by The Fairy Godmother of Cinderella fame. She's been featured in many of the day parades in Magic Kingdom over the years, but rarely (if ever, I don't recall ever seeing her) makes her way out to see guests in the park.
It would be nice to have her featured in Magic Kingdom during the day, especially since she has a big role in Wishes, the fireworks spectacular that closes the night everyday at Magic Kingdom. I know there are some guests in the park that wonder who she is when she talks during the show, maybe a few meetings in the day could help her out some!
Okay, so maybe some of the Disney purists are going to jump on me when I say this, but I do think Remy might actually be cuter than Mickey. I know, Mickey is a mouse and Remy's a rat, but he's still flipping adorable. (And he can cook, which is always a plus.)
Remy is the lovable rat that dreams of being a chef. This tale from Disney-Pixar's Ratatouille was a huge success and Remy has turned out to be a really big character but yet it's really difficult to find him at Walt Disney World. He was featured at Disney's Hollywood Studios when the film made it's debut, but since then he's become a rare appearance.
I don't know why the won't bring him out more, he'd be a perfect fit in the France Pavilion at Epcot. They sell his merchandise, but maybe the reason he doesn't come out is that he's too busy making appearances inside Chefs de France, the pavilion's main fine dining restaurant. I will say his appearances there are much more of a surprise though!
6: Huey, Dewey & Louie
Donald Duck has three nephews that are constantly picking at his nerves, which is every easy to do to Donald. The big question is that we've never met Donald's sister...But Huey, Dewey, & Louie have been very prominent characters since their debut.
Being featured in various television shows from the 80s-00s Huey, Dewey, and Louie are no stranger to the small screen, but they've also made the leap onto the big screen with 1990s Ducktales: The Movie. The trio is featured in various promotional material around the Walt Disney World resort, the most notable being the giant Disney Vacation Club sign/lighthouse/thing near Disney's Old Key West Resort.
But despite being very well known characters, I don't know if they've ever made an appearance in any of the Walt Disney World theme parks. Hopefully one day soon we'll see these three mischief making ducks running around Main Street USA.
5: Perry The Platypus
"Hey, where's Perry?" That's actually a very common question for guests that are meeting Phineas and Ferb at Disney's Hollywood Studios park.
Perry the Platypus and his secret agent alter ego Agent P is an immensely popular character that has yet to come out and see guests in the theme parks. After getting asked by guests repeatedly for almost a year, Disney finally got the ball rolling on bring Phineas and Ferb to the parks, but they forgot to bring their egg-laying mammal friend along.
Agent P does have his own attraction in Epcot though, Agent P's World Showcase Adventure let's guests assist Agent P in stopping Dr. Doofensmirtz from creating havoc across the world. (Of course Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, and Candice make appearances as well.)
Perry has made appearances before in his Agent P persona. He's done promotional work for Disney many different times, but he's yet to find his own place at Walt Disney World.
4: Jack Skellington
Everyone hail the pumpkin king! That's right good old Jack Skellington, King of Halloween and lover of Christmas is here.
Not saying that he doesn't come from a fantastic film, but Jack Skellington has made a name for himself in the Disney Universe because he can bring in some cash in merchandise. Jack turned out to be one of the most marketable characters Disney has ever had due to his film's alternative draw and cult following.
Jack Skellington made appearances for years at Disneyland in California and fans on the east coast were literally foaming at the mouth waiting for him to come make his presence known at Walt Disney World. He finally did along with his main gal Sally during the premiere of Frankenweenie at Downtown Disney. The line to meet the two had to be cut due to its length, people literally turned out in droves to meet him.
This led to Jack and Sally being officially brought to 2013's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the hype did not stop. The line to see Jack and Sally was sometimes frightening enough to scare Oogie Boogie away.
With the amount of popularity Jack Skellington has, there's not really a reason Disney shouldn't have him out for more than just Halloween. Just saying!
3: The Seven Dwarfs
Doc, Happy, Sneezy, Bashful, Sleepy, Grumpy, and Dopey, these are the Seven Dwarfs that sang their way into everyone's hearts in 1937 and have stayed their since. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs was the first full length animated movie ever, and the fact that it is still as popular as it is today is really a testament to how great it truly is.
Being a princess, Snow White is found everyday all over the Walt Disney World Resort, but the Dwarfs on the other hand aren't so fortunate. Dopey used to accompany Snow White to her meet and greets, but after a while, he decided to go mine with his friends...Brothers? I don't know what they are.
The dwarfs are pretty rare characters to see walking around in the open nowadays. They are usually only out to meet guests during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Either way you look at it, you're not really going to see the dwarfs unless you buy a ticket to an event. The fact that these little guys are some of the biggest and most popular characters in Disney history are just some of the reasons that they need to be out in the park more regularly. Even if it's just one dwarf at a time!
2: Roger Rabbit
He's nutty and was one of the top Disney characters in the 80s and 90s. Roger Rabbit stuck it big with his film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? With the film being as big of a success as it was, and Roger being the lovable bunny rabbit that he is, you couldn't go wrong with him.
Roger was featured in the parks just as much as Mickey Mouse. I remember having a Walt Disney World sing-a-long video when I was a kid and Roger was there with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto hosting the thing! Needless to say, he was pretty big!
Going from being featured all over the place, to rarely ever making an appearance happened all too quickly for Roger. I still don't really understand what it was that made Disney decide to completely pull the plug on him, I believe if they had kept it up, he'd still be the powerhouse today that he was back then.
1: Oswald The Lucky Rabbit
Before there was Mickey Mouse, there was Oswald The Lucky Rabbit. Oswald was the first cartoon that Walt Disney found turn success with. The Oswald comics were what helped Disney become the powerhouse it is today.
There is still a vast majority of people who don't know who Oswald is, that's because Walt Disney lost Oswald to Universal pictures back in the day due to contract issues/loopholes. The rights to use Oswald were taken away, thus leading to Walt needing to create a new character, and you can probably guess who that was right?
Oswald was recently returned to the Walt Disney company in a trade. Since then he's been featured in the hit video game series: Epic Mickey. The video game world has boosted Oswald's popularity and made him known to a new generation. To Disney fans, Walt Disney World offers various Oswald merchandise such as plush Oswalds, trading pins, shirts, and even Oswald ears. Who knows if we're going to see Oswald jump onto our screens in a way other than a video game, but I know many a Disney fan that would jump at the chance to meet Oswald and get his autograph. With the princesses being moved from Main Street to their new home in Fantasyland, maybe Mickey has some room in the Town Square Theater to share with his classic Disney brother?
Taylor on June 16, 2015:
Actually, most of these characters are already in the parks..
John M. Spezeski from Boston on April 14, 2015:
Hi Joey, I love your suggestions especially "Perry the Platypus," "Oswald," and "Olaf." I too have written a piece on Disney, it is my first piece. https://hubpages.com/travel/Addicted-to-the-Mouse...
milkykittentea on August 15, 2014:
I know that Oswald makes appearances in Tokyo Disney, so maybe someday they'll bring him to the US! I hope. Maybe someday.
Ciaran on August 06, 2014:
Every character should be in the parks, regularly to meet. Guests, & disneyland Paris, you need to changed be like walt disney world where they r out all day n regularly!.